DMV order to Tesla to stop selling cars in CT put on hold

This undated photo provided by Tesla Motors shows the Model 3 car. The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models. (Tesla Motors via AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Electric car manufacturer Tesla has bought a little more time to make the argument that it should be able to sell cars in Connecticut. Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles says electric car maker Tesla is breaking state law by operating its “gallery” in Greenwich. Connecticut state law says it is illegal for a car manufacturer from being a car retailer. Tesla has been lobbying state lawmakers to change that law, so it can open retail Tesla stores in our state.

Last month, the DMV ordered Tesla to “cease all business functions” in Greenwich, but a revised order released Thursday puts that action on hold pending an appeal. An organization of the state’s car sellers, the Connecticut Automotive Retail Association has been fighting Tesla, saying the company should set up franchise dealerships like the rest of the existing new car sales in Connecticut.

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